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Champions School of Real Estate
Awards & Accolades

For over thirty years, Champions School of Real Estate has worked hard to make sure our students are provided the best education available. This year, our hard work and dedication has proven successful.

To start the year off, the Houston Better Business Bureau awarded the Houston campuses with an Award of Excellence: Winner of Distinction for our training and professional career growth.

On October 16th, Champions School of Real Estate was named one of the Best Places to Work in Texas by the Houston Business Journal. Ranked 5 of the top 79 companies, Champions staff and teachers were excited that the public would be made aware of what they already knew to be true. In December, our staff was even more excited when Texas Monthly notified Owner Rita Santamaria that they were going to name Champions School of Real Estate one of Texas’ Best Places to Work.

In addition, Founder and Owner of Champions School of Real Estate, Rita Santamaria was also a finalist for the 2013 Texas Businesswoman of the Year awarded by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas at the 23rd Annual Money and Power Conference. Rita was also given the opportunity to share her successes and dreams as a panelist at the Women’s Chamber’s annual conference.

In 1983, Champions began with a two room facility. Today, we have seven campuses, offer over 35,000 classes a year and are one of the largest online real estate course providers in the state. We are also known nationally for our loan origination courses. We could not have gotten this far without our students. Our goal remains the same: to provide our students with the best education possible.

It’s a GREAT day to be a Champion!



Houston Business Journals Top 5 Best places to work
Houston Business Journal's
Top 5 Best places to work
2000 Chairman's Leadership Award
2000 Chairman's Leadership Award
2003 Chairman's Leadership Award
2003 Chairman's Leadership Award
2003 WCR Texas Chapter Affiliate of the Year
2003 WCR Texas Chapter Affiliate of the Year
2005 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
2005 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
2006 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
2006 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
2007 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
2007 National Pinnacle Award, RealtyU
Champions School of Real Estate Individual Awards
2003 Realtor Hall of Fame Inductee Rita Santamaria
2003 Realtor Hall of Fame Inductee
– Rita Santamaria
1994 WCR Chapter President Award
1994 WCR Chapter President Award
Champions School of Real Estate - Others Awards
2002 National Pacesetter Award, RealtyU
2003 National Pacesetter Award, RealtyU
2004 National Pacesetter Award, RealtyU
2003 Realtor Hall of Fame Inductee - Rita Santamaria
2002 & 2004 RealtyU Instructor of the Year - Sue Ikeler
2007 WCR Texas Business Woman of the Year - Rita Santamaria
2007 WCR Houston Chapter Business Woman of the Year - Rita Santamaria
2008 HAR Hero of the Month for February - Rita Santamaria
Champions School of Real Estate Testimonials